Suspicious packages sent to DC-area military bases
Law enforcement is looking at more than 5 locations, and the FBI is 1 suspect in the visor. Luke Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.
A person was arrested Tuesday in connection with the series of packages with explosive material found on military bases in the greater Washington, D. C., area, one law enforcement official told Fox News.
Authorities said earlier Tuesday they were honing in on a suspect in the case. No possible motive was immediately disclosed.
Officials previously said they were looking for more than five locations in the area where the packets were received, such as the White House and CIA mail facilities located on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, officials told Fox News. The authorities fear that more packages could still be out there.
On Monday, three military bases confirmed receiving packages containing explosive substances, but all of the packages were discovered before they can be opened.
The items were located at Fort McNair in Washington, Fort Belvoir in Fairfax, Va. and the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center and is about an hour south of the capital of the country.
Officials said that black powder was discovered in at least one package together with a fuse, but it was neutralized by the FBI. At least a threatening letter was also discovered.
All packages are analyzed in the FBI forensics lab in Quantico.
Last month, a suspicious package was sent to Fort Myer near the Pentagon, but no hazardous material was found.
The current scare comes in the wake of the Austin package bombings that left two dead and several injured. The bomber, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, died after detonating an explosive during a confrontation with the police.
Military bases in the U.S. are also more and more victims.
Last week, a 51-year-old man drove a burning truck filled with propane tanks and gasoline at Travis Air Force base is an hour’s drive of San Francisco. He was identified as Hafiz Kazi. Law enforcement officials described the incident as possible terrorism. Authorities extracted a video from one of the attacker’s three mobile phones and the analyzing of the search for a motive.
Luke Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews